Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Peter and Sue Kaldor, members of the UME Resourcing Team, work three days between them for the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.  They run leadership workshops, provide coaching and supervision for Uniting Church leaders, and work collaboratively with others to develop Uniting Church capacity for leadership development.


Civic Leadership Intensives

The six-day Civic Leadership course is a result of a creative partnership between several social sector organisations concerned with fostering agile and authentic responses to complex change.  The experience for participants is challenging, involving: pre-readings, in-context work between sessions, building relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, traveling to various sites for immersion visits, taking an active role in contributing to the learning of others and being open to reflect on your own leadership practice.  The course is highly experiential and gives participants an understanding of the complexities of leadership alongside insights into your own personal practice.  In this information age, we don’t need more knowledge but more focused time to build understanding and a safe space in which to risk doing things differently.

The course is held over three 2-day gatherings across the greater Sydney region.  It is run by skilled, empathic facilitators with guest speakers sharing their stories, drawing on leadership and change theory, positive psychology, community engagement, coaching and personal development thinking.  The course will suit a wide range of practitioners, however we recommend participants have at least three years of leadership experience.


2018 Autumn Intensive

 Day 1 & 2: March Thur. 15 March —
Fri. 16 March 2018
 Day 3 & 4: April Thur. 12 April —
Fri. 13 April 2018
 Day 5 & 6: May Thur. 10 May —
Fri. 11 May 2018


2018 Spring Intensive

 Day 1 & 2: Aug. Mon. 20 Aug —
Tue. 21 August 2018
 Day 3 & 4: Sept. Mon. 17 Sept —
Tue. 18 Sept 2018
 Day 5 & 6: Oct. Mon. 15 Oct —
Tue. 16 October 2018


For more information follow the link below to the intensive’s dedicated website:



One-day Leadership Workshops

Developing shared direction
How can we grow clearer directions that are owned by all? How do we ensure they are something we actually live out? For groups wanting to identify deep core purposes, and act on them.

When it is not just steady as it goes
How can we engage the complexities of change effectively and help others to do so? For those involved in leadership in times of change.

Discovering and contributing our strengths together
How can we make the most of the people we have in our teams and communities? For anyone in a team or wanting to make a difference.

Coaching and mentoring
How can we better support others in growing their capacities? For those wanting to coach and mentor others.

Rethinking Leadership
We need to discover different ways of thinking about leadership in our team or congregation if we are to bring out the best in everyone. For everyone involved in leadership roles or wanting to making a difference with their lives.

Dealing with conflict
How can we know when to calm things down and when to turn up the heat? For those involved in leadership in times of change.


New River Leadership

The Kaldors, with the encouragement of the Board of Mission, then Uniting Mission & Education, established New River Leadership, an initiative to offer leadership capacity building and support more broadly to organisations across the social sector. New River Leadership was conceived and developed by Peter and Sue Kaldor from their experiences in leadership research and training, partly within the UCA with the encouragement of the then Board of Mission. New River Leadership has a small staff team, including Naomi Nash and Ben Weir both well known in UCA circles, and engages in consultancy training, coaching and collaboration, as well as with schools with both students and staff. It is a completely self-funding initiative and supported by UME as a way of collaborating, learning from others and contributing and supporting capacity building more widely.  Contact Sue Kaldor Ph: 0425 209 231.

New River is committed to assisting individuals, organisations and community groups across Australia to identify and grow their leadership capacities and take forward key purposes they care about. We support organisations to respond constructively to challenges or new possibilities by helping them grow an empowering strengths-based culture. New River enjoys the support of, and collaborates with, a growing number of people and organisations. The New River team itself is made up of people with different skills, expertise and qualifications. Their backgrounds include leadership capacity building, community engagement, navigating change, mentoring, coaching, research, identifying and growing strengths and discovering purpose and shared direction.

For more information visit the New River website.